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Derrick Pouliot | Defenseman | Portland (WHL) | 1st Round, 8th overall
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12-13-2012, 06:06 PM
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Originally Posted by
Sidney the Kidney
For Pouliot, it's the rest of his game I'm more interested in seeing vast improvements in. I have very little concerns about Pouliot's ability with the puck on his stick. It's how effective he is when the puck isn't on his stick that will determine whether he'll be a legitimate top pairing defenseman who can be trusted in all situations, or a guy who needs sheltered minutes defensively and whose only real task is running the PP.
If he can follow a guy like Letang's career trajectory, I'll be ecstatic. But I'd be a little disappointed if Goligoski is Pouliot's upside, simply because I'd want a defenseman taken that high to be utilized in all game situations, not just the offensive ones. (note: not suggesting Goligoski is a train wreck defensively, just that he's not someone you'd ideally want playing PK or on the ice with a 1 goal lead with a minute to go in the third period)
I've heard comparisons to Letang for Pouliot, and I can definitely see the similarities. If he becomes as good as Letang, I'll poop bricks. I think a lot more likely comparison is Whitney or Goligoski. Remember, Gogo is a number-2 D, and is a lot better now than he was in Pitt (as in defensively, he's a lot better).
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